You’ve arrived in Australia to work and start a new life, or you’ve just graduated from university and are new to the workforce. Or maybe you’re looking around for a change of scenery.
Regardless of your work situation, one thing that’s definitely going to help your career is the effort you put in to networking and meet other people within your industry.
One benefit of building your network is the ‘hidden job market’ – that is, jobs that are out there in the marketplace but not advertised publicly on places like seek.com.au and LinkedIn.
So if you know someone who’s looking for someone with your skills, you just might be front of mind for that new position you’re after.
Here are some ways to build up your network:
Joining a relevant professional association is one of the most effective ways of networking with people in your profession to discover what’s really happening in your field. These associations often organise conferences, seminars and other industry events. If you’re still studying, student memberships may be available at a discounted rate.
Some examples of professional associations that host regular networking events include:
If you Google an association that’s relevant to your profession, you’re bound to come up with a number of options to pursue further.
There are thousands of groups with likeminded people that you can find on websites like Meet Up, Women’s Network, and Eventbrite. These websites plus a number of others will list events from varied organisations within Australia, plus list informal catch ups that are organised by an individual who wants to network with people of similar interests.
You can also subscribe to corporate newsletters for events like workshops and conferences, where you can see who is speaking and the subject matter being presented. One example is Mumbrella Events which is focused on media, marketing and communications.
Other ways to stay across what’s happening is subscribing to relevant industry websites and blogs to stay connected with the latest news.
Searching out posts on social media is always a good way to find out what’s going on in your field and city. Try joining relevant Facebook groups and undertake searches on Twitter and LinkedIn to find professionals and events in your industry. Plus you’ll be able to see what’s coming up about networking events from mutual connections or business profiles on LinkedIn.
How about your existing network? Don’t forget about people you already know who may be able to point you in the direction like your family, colleagues and others at current and previous work places. You won’t know if you don’t ask!
When you do select the events you wish to attend, here are some ideas to make a professional impact with these networking tips:
Building up your network of contacts can only benefit you in the future. It’s not computers that employ people – its people who employ people!
If you build up what you know and who you know, this can only increase the opportunities that will be presented to you throughout your career and personal life.